10 ADVENTURE THINGS TO DO IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Hello, my name is Carlos Torres. I’m 34 years old and I reside in the city of Santiago de los Caballeros in the Dominican Republic. It has always been a passion of mine to explore and discover new places on my beautiful island.
I’ve had the pleasure of visiting places that are not well known in the Dominican Republic. Over time, it has become a way of life for me to travel and share the places I visit. I aim to inspire others to leave their comfort zones and encourage them to explore more of our beautiful country.
The Dominican Republic is full of incredible destinations that not many people know of. It’s also a country with a diverse and colorful culture. We are a happy bunch of people who live life to its fullest.
In a few words, we are an island paradise with a wealth of culture. Our musical rhythms such as Merengue and Bachata are an essential part of our daily life.
For me it’s an honor to be Dominican. Here you live a very quiet life, without stress. You live very well. People are generous, we like the weather, the warmth and the smiles of the people. This is a country with a lot of potential that you simply have to visit!
SPECIAL MEMORIES TRAVELING AROUND THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
I would say that all my adventures have something special and different about them. But I do remember one tour we took to a crystalline river called “El Mulito” in the province of Pedernales. We decided to go beyond and cross the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
We entered the neighboring country and discovered some of its natural beauty. For me, this was extremely rewarding since it was my first experience in this part of the island. Above all else, there was nothing planned. It was all spontaneous and a little bit crazy!
TOP 10 ADVENTURE THINGS TO DO IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
The Dominican Republic is full of incredible places just waiting for adventures. Many of them are not well known because of the difficulty in reaching them. Among my favorites are the rivers and waterfalls with turquoise waters.
If you consider yourself an adventurous soul then you can’t miss the mountains of Jamao Al Norte. Drive for five hours to a place called Cola de Pato or El Arroyo Frio Canyon and you’ll be in contact with more than 60 pools and several amazing waterfalls.
I love both of these places since they aren’t really accessible to the public. They maintain their untouched beauty. On the other hand, the Dominican Republic has beautiful beaches which make for great adventures.
The beaches of Samaná such as Hermit Beach and Playa Onda are both uniquely beautiful. Bordered by coconut trees that invite you in. Access to these destinations can be limited but in recent times they’ve become more popular on social media.
So, without further ado, here are my top 10 adventurous things to do in the Dominican Republic.
1. COLA DE PATO, JAMAO AL NORTE
Not many people know the existence of this exotic and naturally beautiful destination. It’s accompanied by turquoise blue waters that will make you feel like you’re in a true paradise. This charming place is a favorite for the adventurous types who don’t fear long hours of intense walking or jumping into the river from a rock that can measure up to 10 meters high.
2. 27 CHARCOS DE DAMAJAGUA, PUERTO PLATA
The 27 waterfalls of Damajagua offer a full day of hiking. Trek through thick forests, cross bridges and discover Dominican flora, before reaching the rocky top of a hill from where you will begin travel down, jumping or sliding through a series of waterfalls. Safety equipment is mandatory when you slide along water-padded slides, or jump into deep turquoise pools.
3. CHARCO DE LOS MILITARES, PUERTO PLATA
Completely out of the list of usual attractions, you will find three waterfalls that fall into a deep blue pond called the “Pool of God.” You can walk for an hour watching typical scenes of the town life of Puerto Plata. Climb a short series of rocks until you reach the Charco de los Militares where natural pools fed by the river await you.
4. MAGIC MUSHROOMS, JAMAO AL NORTE
The Magic Mushrooms looks exactly like, well, mushrooms. This mushroom shaped waterfall is a great place to visit and swim. Or if you’d like you can rappel down the mushroom into the cool blue waters of Cabarete. Great place for an Instagram pic!
5. CAYO ARENA, MONTE CRISTI
This tiny sandbank is located in the middle of the bright blue ocean, with fine white sand and shallow waters full of tropical fish. It’s ideal for snorkelers and divers of all levels. You can also just relax in the sun!
6. CAYO LEVANTADO, SAMANÁ
The small and picturesque island of Cayo Levantado is located just five kilometers from the bay of Samaná. It has bright beaches of white sand and palm trees. Spend the day swimming, sunbathing, kayaking or paddle boarding, and enjoy fresh fish.
7. CATALINA ISLAND, LA ROMANA
Catalina Island is an excellent place for water sports, particularly diving and snorkeling. Parts of the beach receive cruise excursions but the entire section is open for public enjoyment.
8. SAONA ISLAND, BAYAHIBE, LA ROMANA
The beautiful beaches of Saona Island attract more visitors than all Dominican national parks together. A protected area and part of the Cotubanamá National Park, this island is a tropical paradise.
9. EAGLE BAY, PEDERNALES
Recognized as the most beautiful beach in the Dominican Republic and part of the Jaragua National Park, this stretch of bright white sand stretches for about eight kilometers. Eagle Bay has crystal clear turquoise waters and a spectacular rocky karts landscape that hugs the beach along the entire coast.
BY CARLOS TORRES